At The Jefferson School we are reimagining education — one engaged, motivated child at a time.

MISSION

The Jefferson School believes that children who are actively engaged in hands-on, nature-centered, experiential learning:


- are more readily able to absorb new ideas and integrate them with their current knowledge. 

- develop a passion for both lifelong learning and global awareness. 

- develop an early connection to the natural world as well as a desire to preserve it.

 


To that end, The Jefferson School strives to offer an exceptional, active learning environment of nature-centered strategies for children from preschool through grade 8.

 

VISION

The Jefferson School is recognized as a leader in developing and promoting relevant, hands-on, nature-centered educational strategies for students from preschool through grade 8.

In Toronto, risky, free play and safety concerns are at odds on city playgrounds. The city, school board and other agencies have recently installed playground equipment in many playgrounds with gear designed almost exclusively for very young children while more traditional elements such as sandboxes and some swings have been removed in the name of risk management. The proliferation of the “safer" playgrounds has resulted in a wave of effort to bring back unstructured outdoor play.

A study that surveyed over 1400 children in Singapore from ages eight to 12, found that children are getting excessive screen time. The study, conducted by DQ Institute and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), found that nine-year-olds are spending over 24 hours a week, or about three and a half hours daily, on electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Parents say that time is a key barrier to more outdoor play.

In Washington state, classes are taking virtual field trips to study nature. The high-tech distance learning virtually transports students from across the country to remote state parks in Washington. Washington State Parks Foundation has spearheaded the effort, facilitated by Inspired Classroom and the state-of-the-art satellite-based mobile classroom comes from GCI, Alaska's largest telecom. The organizers of the effort hope the mobile classrooms will offer thousands of students the opportunity to visit far-away places they would not experience otherwise.